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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Sheetz proposed in North Stafford

Sheetz is proposing a 6,558-square-foot convenience store and seven-pump fueling station at the southeast corner of Garrisonville and Furnace roads in North Stafford.

A Silver Cos. affiliate is asking Stafford County officials for a proffer amendment and conditional-use permit that would allow the project. The county’s planning department will lead a development review meeting on the matter Thursday afternoon.

A right-in, right-out access point from Garrisonville Road and another entrance from Furnace Road are proposed.

Sheetz has gotten increasingly active in the Fredericksburg area of late. The Altoona, Pa.-based company plans to open a store and fueling station next month on Lafayette Boulevard in Spotsylvania County, and plans two additional Spotsylvania locations at the northeast corner of U.S. 1 and Massaponax Church Road, and the southeast corner of U.S. 17 and Hospital Boulevard near the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

Sheetz already operates several area stores, including ones in Fredericksburg and King George, Stafford and Orange counties.

—Bill Freehling

FLS names Jett business editor

Veteran reporter and assistant business editor Cathy Jett has been named business editor of The Free Lance–Star.

Jett, who grew up in Williamsburg, has worked at The Free Lance–Star since graduating from the University of Richmond.

She has covered a number of subjects, including education and features, and won numerous state and national awards.

She has covered business for the past 10 years, and has been the section’s assistant editor for the past several years.

Jett is a member of the Virginia Press Women board and served as president of the organization last year.

—Staff report

Union gets approval for StellarOne deal

Richmond-based Union First Market Bankshares Corp. has received regulatory approval from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Virginia State Corporation Commission to move forward with its acquisition of StellarOne Corp.

Union expects the merger to close Jan. 1, and for the two banks to be fully integrated in May. Several overlapping local branches are expected to close as part of the merger, though bank officials haven’t identified which ones. Union’s operations center in Carmel Church is expected to get additional jobs as part of the merger.

The combined entity will likely rival BB&T as the largest bank in the Fredericksburg area by customer deposits, according to recently released FDIC data.

Main Street group planning lighting

The Fredericksburg Main Street Initiative plans to light up downtown Fredericksburg during the upcoming holiday season.

The organization, which recently elected a seven-person board and is preparing to hire an executive director, has purchased white LED light strands that will outline the first story of buildings between the 700 and 1000 blocks of Caroline Street and the 100 and 400 blocks of William Street.

The organization is also asking residents and businesses on the second story and above to outline their windows and doors with white, non-blinking lights.

The lights will be up in time for the annual Nov. 9 holiday open house and down by the first week of January.

—Bill Freehling

Attracting businesses topic of area forum

A seminar on business etiquette will be held Thursday at Germanna Community College’s Spotsylvania County campus.

It is part of the The Workforce NOW Professional Development Series, and will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Workforce & Technology Building at 10000 Germanna Point Drive.

Pamela Coopwood, founder of The Planned Event and a certified protocol consultant and event planner, will discuss such topics as how to make an entrance, remembering names and conversation skills.

Workshops are $25 for Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce members and $50 for the general public.

To register, visit fredericks, call 540/373-9400 or send an email

Panel to discuss careers for chemists

The fifth annual Chemistry Career Discussion Panel will be held Nov. 8 at the University of Mary Washington.

The program will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Jepson Science Center, Room 100.

Speakers representing nontraditional careers for chemists will share their career stories and answer questions.

The Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society is presenting the program, which is open to students, society members and guests.

Updated Bob Evans features bakery

The Bob Evans Restaurant at 2305 Plank Road held its grand reopening Sunday.

The family-dining restaurant is one of 150 that the Columbus, Ohio-based chain is remodeling this year in its Farm-Fresh Refresh program.

The program is designed to increase carryout volume and adds a new sales layer with on-site bakeries.

Bob Evans Farms Inc. has seen an increase in sales at the 87 restaurants that it remodeled last year, according to articles in Nation’s Restaurant News.

National Carpet has new showroom

National Carpet opened Monday in a new showroom at 285 Chatham Heights Road in Stafford County.

It had been in the nearby Earl’s Shopping Center.

National Carpet sells all types of flooring, including rugs, carpet, tile, laminate and wood.

—Cathy Jett

Macy’s will open on Thanksgiving Day

NEW YORK—Macy’s Inc. says that it will open most of its stores for the first time on Thanksgiving, breaking a long-standing tradition for the venerable retailer.

In a release issued late Monday, the Cincinnati-based chain says it will open its doors at 8 p.m. on that day.

The move comes as the chain faces growing pressure from other stores. Over the past few years, rivals have gotten a jump on the official start of the holiday shopping season by opening their doors increasingly earlier on Thanksgiving.

Macy’s, which operates about 800 stores, says it began planning early to let its employees review available shifts throughout the holiday season and volunteer for their preferred shifts, including on Thanksgiving.

Hankook tire plant planned in Tennessee

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.—South Korean tire-maker Hankook announced Monday that it will build its first North American plant in Tennessee, creating 1,800 jobs.

Hankook, the world’s seventh-largest tire maker, said it will build the $800 million facility in Clarksville. Construction on the 1.5 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to begin by the end of next year, and it will begin making high-end performance tires by early 2016.

Debt ceiling talks push stocks higher

NEW YORK—Stocks rose Monday, helped by signs that Washington was moving closer to a deal that would avert a default by the U.S. government.

The stock market started the session broadly lower after negotiations between the White House and House Republicans broke down over the weekend. However, stocks erased those losses in early afternoon trading following news that President Barack Obama would meet with Congressional leaders.

The Dow Jones industrial average added 64.15 points to close at 15,301.26. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 6.94 points to 1,710.14. The Nasdaq composite rose 23.40 points to 3,815.27.





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